banterer


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ban·ter

 (băn′tər)
n.
Good-humored, playful, or teasing conversation.
v. ban·tered, ban·ter·ing, ban·ters
v.intr.
To engage in banter: bantered with her colleagues during a coffee break.
v.tr.
To speak to in a playful or teasing way: "She laughed and bantered him a little, remembering too late that she should have been dignified and reserved" (Kate Chopin).

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ban′ter·er n.
ban′ter·ing·ly adv.
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"Indeed, sir," answered Jones, "I scorn the character of a banterer. I came to you in most serious earnest, imagining, as I find true, that your son had never dared acquaint you with a match so much inferior to him in point of fortune, though the reputation of the lady will suffer it no longer to remain a secret."
"But you are afraid, just as any of us would be, to go out there naked, armed only with a knife and a piece of rope," said the banterer. "Is it not so?"
"I give you no commission," replied D'Artagnan, with that calmness which never abandons the banterer; "I thought it would be easy for you to announce to his majesty that it was I who, being there by chance, did justice upon Menneville and restored things to order."